Luke Donald lifted his visor and wiped his brow after answering the question.
The No. 1 player in the world was asked who’s currently the best golfer yet to win a major. He reeled off Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker and Sergio Garcia, and he also mentioned himself.
“Obviously, my name would be in that that,” Donald said. “It’s a tough question to answer.”
Making his eighth Masters appearance, Donald planned to avoid last year’s dilemma. He almost became the first player to win the Par-3 Contest and Masters Tournament in the same year. The Par-3 jinx remained alive, though, when Donald fell just short of winning the green jacket, finishing tied for fourth.
Donald said he will not play the Par-3 on Wednesday. Instead, he said he’ll just play nine holes and have a relaxed day.
“This year, I’m going to concentrate on the main one,” Donald said.
Donald briefly lost his status as the world’s No. 1 player after Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic last month. Donald returned to No. 1 two weeks later after winning the Transitions Championship in Tampa, Fla.
“That’s a good thing when you’re not playing well and you still win,” he said. “That’s a positive in my book.”